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  • Caleb
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    Caleb's 1972 240z build continuation

    So I picked up an incredible 240Z from Zak on the forums here. This will be my continuation to the build he had accomplished so far which is incredible. I am a very fortunate person to have the opportunity to take this Z from the stage it was at when purchased. A big thanks to Zak again for this opportunity.

    My background is absolute NIL when it comes to restoration, Z's, engines etc. I have spent the last 8-10 years around Z's with my brother in laws and have seen many come and go with only a 78' 280z still here. Took a while for the bug to get me and man I'm hooked.

    I will attempt to keep this up to date but I must warn you that my achievements that may seem like mountains to me, could be just simple tweaks compared to what else is being done around the forums but I will post them regardless.

    Redoing the back facia/tail light section, work in progress. Plus locks all figured out and installed in the hatch. I have two sets so I wanted to do a before and after, the matching middle and passenger side are complete too.


    Tail corner lights and antenna assembly installed


    Figured I would paint the plastic surround of the tail lights as the greyish plastic could be seen through the metal panels so this should help it blend in a little more.


    Door handle/door hardware install so I can open now from the outside


    Almost all of the dash wiring sorted out and just about ready to go back in.



    Vent piping all hand washed ready to go back in.
    Last edited by Caleb; 09-06-2014, 10:37 PM.

  • Caleb
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    Awesome!

    I should first point out that I might fall into the sins group right away >:|. I'm just happy you guys will call stuff out immediately. I have absolutely 0 ego in this and the help is excellent.

    I hear you on the plastic. I have a ton of vapor barrier at my dad's from when we reno'd my our house before my wife and I moved in.

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  • 510longroof
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    Originally posted by Caleb View Post
    I was thinking of cutting very thin rubber that would match the size of piece, somewhat like a gasket. That or caulking the lip with a form of outdoor calking, a single small clean bead.

    A pic would be great Eric.
    Here is a picture of one of my spare doors showing the sealer that was used to line the doors with clear plastic film. It keeps moisture away from the backs of the door cards and prevents warpage. It also helps to seal out any gasses that may penetrate the interior. Every panel has this plastic film behind it including the tailgate and carded panels in the rear. I replace this plastic film with heavy stuff similar to the bag that a new matress comes in. I actually used the clear plastic for behind drywall since I have plenty from when I made a sparybooth out of the garage.

    Cut the plastic slightly smaller than the door card or whatever card you are doing and use a thin bead of caulk or seam sealer to the door and install plastic and the door card right away since you will be squeezing the caulking flat. Don't forget to cut a small hole for the window crank and door handle. You may need to notch it around the clips too. Don't use silicone it's messy and doesn't stick as well.

    There's the remains of duct tape glue there too from a P.O. who used it only on the bottom holes. There's a bath towel inside the door too. I just peeled off the duct tape tonight before taking the picture and found this. We need a "sins of the previous owner" thread to document these blunders. Then sticky it!
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    Last edited by 510longroof; 09-09-2014, 08:31 PM.

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  • Caleb
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    Edit*

    Tail lights are complete!!!! [other than the plate light and bulbs, and wiring, and GASKETS........ ] Thanks for helping me find them btw. I will look into doing the weatherstrip sealer properly.

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  • Zak's Z
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    Didi you use weatherstrip sealer on the gaskets?

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  • Caleb
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    Tail lights are complete!!!! [other than the plate light and bulbs, and wiring........ ]


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  • Caleb
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    I was thinking of cutting very thin rubber that would match the size of piece, somewhat like a gasket. That or caulking the lip with a form of outdoor calking, a single small clean bead.

    A pic would be great Eric.

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  • Six_Shooter
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    For the hatch close out panel, I used "speed clips" and some screws to hold it on. I had to add two slots for the middle fasteners.

    I'm just using the original close out panel for now, and added some foam tape to the back, didn't seem to help much. I will be making a new close out panel soon, that I hope will provide a better seal, along with a different way to seal that hole off.

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  • zedfoot
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    The tabs just wouldn't stay in. The weight pulling straight down, then slamming the hatch shut there was always one or two popping out. this was a problem from when I bought the car new.
    I'll have to take a picture. I don't have anything on file.

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  • Caleb
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    Will do. Just to be sure, this is the foot and a half by three foot [guessing in my head] piece of leather with the carboard backing that you are saying to put the weather strip on? The current one appears to have some sort of foam spring on the underside lip so I presume whoever did that as well.

    I was going to order a box [100] of the push tabs tomorrow. What was your issue causing you to use self taps. This is the second time today hearing that.

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  • zedfoot
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    Originally posted by Caleb View Post
    Sounds good. I will take it there then.

    Had to edit my post asking about those plastic push tabs. Trying to install that leather piece that goes on the underside of the hatch but only have broken plastic tabs.
    Before you install it, put a strip of self sticking foam weather strip around it. Critical area for fumes entering.
    I gave up on the push tabs and used big self tapping screws. They have hex heads and look better than this sounds.

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  • Caleb
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    Thanks Nigel, I need to make a trip [5 minutes...] to see him for a couple of things.

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  • WhiteSpeed
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    Originally posted by Caleb View Post
    Also, where is the best place to get those push plastic tabs, the ones that you push the center to lock in. I think i'm going to need a fair number of them.
    Rick at Brantford Nissan should be able to get those for you. The OEM ones are a PITA though. There's a version from a later model Nissan that has a plastic screw in the center instead of the pin. Makes them much easier to get in and out. You do have to drill the mounting holes in the frame slightly bigger. IIRC, it was Rick that suggested those, so he should be able to supply the PN.

    Nigel

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  • Curtis
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    Canadian Tire. Try different sizes, styles... same as the plastic tabs for interior panels.

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  • Caleb
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    Sounds good. I will take it there then.

    Had to edit my post asking about those plastic push tabs. Trying to install that leather piece that goes on the underside of the hatch but only have broken plastic tabs.

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